Inaugural UArts Irvin Borowsky Prize in Glass Arts Awarded to Helen Lee

Glass artist, designer and educator wins $5,000 prize; will present lecture at UArts in March

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Updated February 14, 2014

The inaugural Irvin Borowsky Prize in Glass Arts has been awarded by the University of the Arts to glass artist Helen Lee. The Borowsky Prize is given to an artist whose vision and skills are advancing contemporary glass art; it carries with it a $5,000 award.

Lee is an artist, designer, educator, and glassblower. She holds an MFA in glass from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and a BSAD in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT). She is an assistant professor in the Art department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has taught at RISD, California College of Art, Haystack Mountain School of Craft and the MIT Glass Lab. Her innovative work combines her interests in glass and typography, and has been featured in gallery exhibitions nationwide.

Lee's list of awards includes a RISD Graduate Award of Excellence in the Fine Arts, an E.P. Anderson Scholarship Award from the Providence Art Club, a Pilchuck Glass School-MIT Partner Scholarship Award, a Peter J. Eloranta Fellowship at MIT, a List Foundation Fellowship for Students of Color and an MIT Council for the Arts Grant.


The Irvin Borowsky Prize in Glass Arts is made possible by a substantial gift from University of the Arts Trustee Irvin J. Borowsky and his wife, Laurie Wagman, which also enabled the University to establish the Irvin Borowsky Center for Glass Arts, expanding the University's Glass facilities and its capacity to promote the study of the historical and contemporary significance of glass art.

As part of the 2014 award, Lee will present a special lecture at UArts on March 26 in CBS Auditorium in Dorrance Hamilton Hall (320 South Broad Street).


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